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Copies of Court Records

Types of Court Records Available

Except where prohibited by Supreme Court Rule or by statute, the following court records are available for public inspection:

  • Civil Division including Chancery General Equity Records
  • Special Civil Part Records
  • Criminal Division Records
  • Family Division Records
  • Municipal Court Records

Copies of these records are available for purchase. See LOCATION OF COURT RECORDS (immediately below) to determine where to submit a copy request or to view records. Also, see Rule 1:38 for a listing of exceptions to the general rule of public access to court records.

Location of Court Records

Active Records

Contact the local courthouse in the county where the case was heard for copies of the following active court records:

  • Civil Division including Chancery General Equity Records
  • Special Civil Part Records
  • Criminal Division Records
  • Family Division Records

Contact the Superior Court Clerk’s Office for the following active records:

  • Statewide judgment lien records
  • Foreclosure case records

Copy and authentication fees will apply and must be included with the written request. See the Customer Service page for address information to request copies of these records. Please include a self-addressed stamped business size envelope with your request to speed the return of your copies.

The municipality stores active Municipal Court records.

Closed Records

Contact the local courthouse in the county where the case was heard for copies of the following closed court records:

  • Civil Cases including Chancery General Equity until archived
  • Criminal Cases
  • Divorce Cases until archived
  • Family Cases (except divorce cases)
  • Special Civil Part Cases

Closed Archived Records

Contact the Superior Court Clerk's Office for copies of the following closed-archived records:

  • Case Files
    • Civil Cases (archived)
    • Divorce Cases (archived)
    • Foreclosure Cases (all)
    • General Equity Cases (archived)
  • Judgment Records
    • Statewide judgment liens
    • Satisfaction of Statewide judgment liens

Copy and authentication fees will apply and must be included with the written request. See the Customer Service page for address information to request copies of these records. Please include a self-addressed stamped business size envelope with your request to speed the return of your copies.

NOTE: The availability of resources and the potential for disruption of court operations are considerations in determining how quickly Judiciary staff can respond to record requests, especially when records are stored off-site. If a record request is voluminous or for other reasons cannot be completed within the normal timeframe, or if a request is for certain documents on an ongoing basis (e.g., all complaints filed in the civil division each week), it shall be referred to the appropriate division manager or municipal court administrator. The division manager or municipal court administrator shall assess the request and together with the requestor craft a reasonable solution that meets both the public’s need for access and the Judiciary's need for efficient court operations.

Types of Copies and Court Authentication

Plain Copy: A plain copy is a photocopy of the court document.

Certified Copy: A certified copy is a plain copy with a stamp affixed with the Superior Court Clerk/Deputy Clerk’s signature attesting to the authenticity of the document.

Seal of the Court: The seal of the Superior Court may be affixed to a certified copy.

Exemplified Copy: An exemplified copy includes the attestation of the clerk and seal of the court annexed, if a seal exists, together with a certificate of a judge of the court that the said attestation is in proper form. An exemplified copy is usually requested when the document shall be proved or admitted in other courts within the United States and its Territories and Possessions.

Triple Exemplified Copy: A triple exemplified copy co